Two young marrieds, binocular clad

evidently not birdwatchers,

patrol a room plush with plants

peering through and as green as

homage to the aspidistra.

They watch their neighbor’s house.

An older man, retiree

is mowing his lawn unfashionably.

Is that a kilt or something else

pronounced European disaster?

He visits home every New Years

comes back still quite drunk

wanders around his property.

Plants rows with his enormous eccentricity.

This summer’s sunflowers will

grow even taller than once

was considered remarkable.